NEWS: Survey Shows Seniors Need Better Information About Medical Imaging Safety

From the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America website

Communication regarding the safety of medical imaging for individuals with electronic implantable devices is often inadequate, according to a recent survey of older adults, caregivers and healthcare providers by the National Council on Aging. Among those surveyed, 90 percent of the physicians agreed that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be risky for individuals with pacemakers and other electronic devices, and very few will order these tests. Meanwhile, the national survey found that nearly a third of individuals with a device and more than half of their caregivers do not remember being told when the device was implanted that the person might be ineligible for some types of medical imaging. Further, according to the survey, three out of ten individuals with an implantable device said they had received an MRI, and 20 percent of them subsequently faced complications with the device.

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